Ranting about the state of Python IDEs for Windows

M. Bitner moexu13 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 13 22:57:09 CEST 2004

Have you looked at Komodo? I use it for everything I can and really
like it. It has a good editor with syntax highlighting and a debugger
(although I think you have to be using ActiveState's Python with the
debugger). It's cheap for noncommercial stuff but a commercial license
is about $275, I think. The regex tool alone was worth the price for



On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 15:22:46 -0500, Jaime Wyant <programmer.py at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 17:10:16 -0300, Carlos Ribeiro <carribeiro at gmail.com> wrote:
> [ snip! ]
> >
> > The funny thing is that I don't need anything particularly fancy. A
> > good Python editor, syntax coloring, a few helpers (moving blocks &
> > stuff). Debugging is good, but it's not what I really miss. Even form
> > designers -- I could live without them. What I really miss are stuff
> > that I regard as basic: a tabbed editor window for multiple files, and
> > a good project manager interface -- a place where I can find all the
> > files belonging to my projects without having to move around the
> > directory tree whenever I have to do anything. Could I do it using
> > only command-line tools? Probably, but it's not comfortable,
> > convenient or productive. A good IDE would bring me these three things
> > that I'm longing for.
> I use (FWIW) Stani's Python Editor (http://spe.pycs.net/).
> While it is far from perfect, it is very functional and offers:
> o Syntax highlighting
> o wxGlade support built in (well, launches wxGlade which comes bundled)
> o Module auto-open support
>    (Put your cursor "into" an imported module name, hit ctrl-enter and
> SPE will load it into the editor.  Probably not the right technical
> name)
> o Tabbed edit windows.  Each edit window has its own tab, for easy
> switching back / forth.
> o Todo list.  But a comment like "# TODO: do something" and SPE will
> add it to the TODO list.
> o PyChecker support built in.
> o Selection comment / uncomment.  Select text and uncomment / comment it.
> o Auto completion.  It's strange and I don't quite understand it, but
> the editor can "guess" at what methods/properties are available for a
> class by inspecting the class' code.  Also works really well for
> built-ins and libraries.
> o Module explorer.  Shows all classes / functions / imports defined in
> the module being edited.
> What SPE doesn't have:
> o Built-in debugging support
> o Project based configuration.  That is files are saved independently
> of one another, they aren't grouped as projects.
> I'm sure i've forgot to mentions some of the things that SPE does /
> doesn't have.
> HTH,
> jw
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